DIY Simple Elegant Wedding Table Decorations On a Budget

Simple elegant wedding table decorations don’t have to be expensive. In fact, many outstanding ideas are easy to do yourself. One reason why it can get costly is that you will have to reproduce the table ornaments for all the guest tables.

Here’s how you can make your own wedding table decorations at low cost.


Long rectangle tables embellishing

If you have long rectangle shape tables where you can sit more than 20 people, use smaller centerpieces. This will make the table look fuller without being overwhelming and hiding the guest scope of vision.


How to save money – tip 1: Flowers can get expensive. Choosing seasonal flower variety will keep the cost low. You can also choose paper flowers.


If you’re crafty, look at this DIY tutorial to make a realistic paper flower.

Celestial Peonies And Shimmering Colored Glass

In the example below, flowers are simple white peonies but the overall visual effect makes it look elegant and bright.

Mixing classical wine glassware with colorful or textured water glasses is another practical and effortless way to adorn the tabletops.

Weddint table centerpieces with flowers


Pedestal flower vase: Cost and Availability on Amazon

Paper Flowers 100 pieces: Cost and Availability on Amazon

Wine Glasses: Cost and Availability on Amazon  

Goblet Glasses: Cost and Availability on Amazon



Roundtable centerpieces

In this case, your table decorations or centerpieces can be bigger. In fact, guests are sitting a lot further from the person in front of them then they would if sitting a rectangle table. You have more latitude, why not use it to make something spectacular?

Manzanita Tree

The tree is a symbol of ever-growing family, life, and power of nature. These Manzanita trees are simple elegant wedding table decorations that inspire warmth and family unity.

In this picture, beaded strings are attached to the branches with tiny origami birds. There are many other ways to decorate this tree using hanging votive candle holders, feathers, and paper flowers. Anything light and refined will enhance the natural gracious shape of this tree.

It really looks amazing as a wedding decoration!

Tree wedding centerpiece



This type of ornament is about 30 inches high. What I love about this tree is that unlike most table centerpieces, you can see through it.

Your guests can talk to each other and enjoy the evening animation. We all experienced this unpleasant situation where you have to stand up or to move your chair aside the centerpiece to see what’s going on.

A bigger version of this tree can also be used as a wishing tree where guests can write their wishes and hang it to a branch.

Manzanita Tree: Cost and Availability on Amazon


How to save money – tip 2:  Use branches found at a foot of a tree in a park nearby. Choose the ones that have an interesting structure. A bit like a Bonzai tree for a rounder visual effect.

Or you can choose very linear ones if you want to get a more contemporary look. You can then paint the branches to have a lighter color or just sprinkle glitter over it or spray paint it.

♥ Wedding On a Budget – Beach Wedding Centerpiece Ideas


Simple Elegant Wedding Table Decorations – choosing a theme that fits you

The decoration featured on these pictures are sober without lacking personality. A good starting point in decorating wedding tables is to first decide what theme represents both bride and groom best.




Hope you liked the simple elegant wedding table decorations featured here. If you have any questions on how to decorate your wedding venues feel free to leave me a comment and I will gladly help by providing you with affordable suggestions and DIY project ideas.


17 Responses to “DIY Simple Elegant Wedding Table Decorations On a Budget

  • Samantha
    8 years ago

    Oh I love that manzanita tree idea! What a unique and eye-catching idea for a centrepiece that also takes the guests’ comfort into consideration. Good money-saving tips too!

    • Carolyn
      8 years ago

      hi Samantha, Glad you like it and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • This is a wonderful website for someone who is getting ready to plan their big day. Thank you for such a lovely site. With wedding costs continuing to rise, a DIY article is very helpful in finding ways to lower the expense. You can get your brides maids and other family members to help with the table decorations and make a fun bridal party out of it.

  • Dear Carolyn my favorite piece is “Celestial Peonies And Shimmering Colored Glass” i love how you provide direction, pricing and where all the components can be found. your site is stunning and i’ll be following you. Just curious how you come up with an ideas for your DIY projects.

    • Carolyn
      8 years ago

      Hi Lyubov! I spend a lot of time browsing the web in search of unique ideas. I choose to share through my blog those that are simple to make, that have a professional look once completed and that don’t cost much to make.
      If you need inspiration for a specific project, let me know. I can probably help!

  • Brooke M.
    8 years ago

    Hello, Carolyn! What a beautiful website! I really like the idea of making your own decorations. If you were to get a group of your lady friends and family together, that would make for some really fun girl time and allow you to bond, too! The peony flowers are absolutely beautiful, and would be something I’d love to have. If nothing else, lilies are always so beautiful, too! I can’t have lilies in my house anymore because I have cats–lilies are killers of kitties :[

    While I’m not getting married anytime soon, I do think I’ll be checking your site out if the occasion ever arises. You have a very neat idea here! Keep it up!

    • Carolyn
      8 years ago

      Thanks Brooke, glad you like it! I think that’s the best part of DIY decorating: gathering with friends and family to prepare for this unique day all together! It removes some of the pressure on the bride and groom since they are getting some help as they are getting closer to the finish line! Hope to have you back soon!

  • Hi Carolyn,

    I like this idea of using a Manzanita Tree, something refreshing aside from using a flower center piece. It think it goes along well with strings of beads or tiny flowers – origami birds can take a long time to make. I will consider this for my wedding plan. As for theme, I am definitely in for a beach wedding 🙂

    • Carolyn
      8 years ago

      Hi Cathy, thanks for your comment! I love the idea of outdoor weddings and a beach wedding is just the type of wedding that suits me best as well! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Alec Terry
    8 years ago


    Not very knowledgeable about weddings in general but I have to say that tree looked pretty cool. For some reason I do like having plants in the house that resemble small trees like that. Do you know where the best place would be to get one of those?

    Also I liked how you integrated relevant ads on your site and made it to where they didn’t take away from the experience at all.

    Nice job!

    • Hi Alec, you can buy manzanita trees of different colors by clicking on the links I’ve provided. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Carolyn, what a very fresh and interesting idea, loved it. I think the tree idea, it’s an absolute great idea, besides looking great, as you said the view is not blocked. I’ve only been to very traditional weddings with “the norm” decoration. Loved the look of your page and you have great content. All the best, Kerry

    • Hi Kerry thanks for your appreciation. All the best to you as well!

  • conformancefugitive
    8 years ago

    I’m pretty sure it’ll be a fair while yet before I get married – but I love the creative ideas you’ve shared in this post!! I guess they don’t always need to be used for just weddings – they could be used for simple house-parties and all kinds if you wanted! 🙂
    I love the paper flowers tutorial too!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • As you mention, these table centerpieces ideas can be used in many other contexts. This site is about weddings but most of my post topics tips and ideas can be used in the day to day life!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  • Thanks for the tip that it’s better to use smaller centerpieces when it comes to rectangular tables. I will keep that in mind when makin a budget for wedding decorations soon. I’m sure that it will be crucial to have a set budget for that in order to make sure that I wouldn’t end up over-decorating the reception hall.

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